[Haskell-cafe] Python?

Daniel Carrera dcarrera at openoffice.org
Tue May 10 20:44:48 EDT 2005

Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:

> Its good for small scripting tasks. Its good for string processing.
> I find the dynamic typing a pain.

What's dynamic typing?

>>I have a lady friend who wants to learn how to program. I just decided 
>>to teach her Python for practical reasons:
> Its a great first language for people who aren't interested in
> making a career of programming.
>>But I do hesitate. I would like to teach her Haskell because I think 
>>it's a better language.
> Its a better language for people who either have a computer science
> background or intend to study computer science. I would not inflict
> a language like Haskell on someone who just wants to get the job
> done with as little fuss as possible.

Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it. I feel better about 
Python now.

>>Given my circunstances, do you think that's a reasonable approach for 
>>teaching her how to program?
> Teach her Python. If you try and teach her Haskell she will end up
> programming in visual basic :-).



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